Resonance FM 13.12.17

Not sure how I'd got this far into Dig That Treasure!'s life without spinning Jeannie Piersol's song 'The Nest' on my show but, ay, I did on this episode! It's a real underground classic that shows its head periodically in musical corners of the internet. Next was two tunes by cult pervert weirdo Tonetta. I played two of his more radio-friendly tunes, 'The Saint' and 'I'll Remain As I Am.' I then span a song by Samsimar (their other tune, 'Indang Pariaman', also on Folk & Pop Sounds of Sumatra, is an all-time fave) before spinning two cuts of haunting old easy-listening-jazz-pop by Al Bowlly (the latter sampled by The Caretaker). Closing the show was a great track by Malian singer Aichata Sidibe.

Dig That Treasure (13/12/17)
Jeannie Piersol - The Nest
Tonetta - The Saint
Tonetta - I'll Remain As I Am
Samsimar - Bapikek Balam
Al Bowlly - Guilty
Al Bowlly - Heartaches
Aichata Sidibe - Tamala

Resonance FM 6.12.17

This episode was crammed with treasures. On average, an episode of DTT! features six tracks. Sometimes it works out that I play seven; sometimes, only five. This episode featured eight cracking tunes... and of great diversity, too! It kicked off with the bonkers, jam-packed, maximal 'Adjame Freedom' by Ivorian coupé-décalé artist Mareshal DJ. I brought it down a wee bit after that, with a (relatively) minimal piece of glitchy electronica by Maxo, before returning to hyperactive madness with one of my favourite songs of the year, the amazing 'Pobbles' by, er, Pobbles (assumedly it's A. G. Cook in disguise). Maxo has previously released on PC Music and Pobbles is a PC Music project, so that's a connection, I guess. Next up was a laid-back, romantic(?) R&B tune from Kenyan artist Synmaan. I followed that with an instrumental demo version of Tamao Koike's classic treasure 'Automne Dans Un Miroir' before dropping two tunes from the new Nicholas Krgovich album (out now on Tin Angel!) Closing the show was another Japanese tune (and, like 'Automne Dans Un Miroir,' also released in 1983), this time from Mariah.

Dig That Treasure (6/12/17)
Mareshal DJ feat. DJ Arafat - Adjame Freedom
Maxo - Eddy Vancouver
Pobbles - Pobbles
Synmaan - Makhulu
Tamao Koike - 鏡の中の10月(demo ver.)
Nicholas Krgovich - Country Boy
Nicholas Krgovich - Blue Wave
Mariah - 視線

Resonance FM 29.11.17

Kicking off this episode was Cloud Becomes Your Hand, the New York art-rock band. I then span a great tune from the late Zimbabwean singer Comrade Chinx - check out this album cover if nothing else! I played another tune by Yemane Barya (who I'd also played a few weeks back) as well as a cut from one of D'Eon's Music For Keyboards series, before ending with an absolutely gorgeous ambient track by Beverley Glenn-Copeland called 'Ever New.' The song features on a compilation released this year called Space, Energy and Light.

Dig That Treasure (29/11/17)
Cloud Becomes Your Hand - Garden of the Ape
Comrade Chinx - Munhu Denga Nenyika
Yemane Barya - Kulu Entnay N'aki
D'Eon - Aviation Graveyard
Beverley Glenn-Copeland - Ever New

Resonance FM 22.11.17

I opened this episode with a song by Algerian great Warda Al-Jazairia, an obscurity by Hawaiian artist Paul Mark, Ethiopian jazz legend Teshome Meteku, and a contender for my favourite song of the year, Sophia Kennedy's 'Hello, I Found You.' I also played a run of three tracks that subvert or play on the notion of easy-listening/lounge music: first, Sebastian Cabot (Bagheera's voice in Jungle Book) doing a dramatic reading of Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' over an elevator-music backing-track; second, Devo's easy-listening version of their own hit 'Come Back Jonee'; and finally, Z-Rock Hawaii's bonkers 'I Get A Little Taste Of You,' a comedy-noise-pop collaboration between Ween and Boredoms.

Dig That Treasure (22/11/17)
Warda Al-Jazairia - Ya Lahbab
Sebastian Cabot - Like A Rolling Stone
Devo - Come Back Jonee (EZ Listening Disc version)
Z-Rock Hawaii - I Get A Little Taste Of You
Paul Mark - Comparing Heights
Teshome Meteku - Mot Adeladlogn
Sophia Kennedy - Hello, I Found You

Resonance FM 15.11.17

This episode opened with a tune I'd been saving for months, Virna Lindt's 'Underwater Boy.' The rest of the episode featured some contemporary Ethiopian pop, a recording by the 'first singer-songwriter,' onomatopoeic dance, a hyperactive video game soundtrack, and new track by South London producer Svetlana. Tickets still available for the next Dig That Treasure! gig here.

Dig That Treasure (15/11/17)
Virna Lindt - Underwater Boy
Geremew Gualu - Sim Alew Gonder
Svetlana - Soho House
Swick & Lucid - Rubber
Touhou - Pettan Pettan Tsurupettan
Connie Converse - How Sad, How Lovely

Resonance FM 8.11.17

I'm going to go ahead and prematurely call this episode a classic. It had a bit of everything: mash-up plunderphonics, MIDI composition, Nepali pop, an all-time Ethiopian great, glitchy ambient folk, Smithsonian "ghetto reali[sm]," country-rock-n-roll and awesome South African rhythms. I love the diversity of this episode, and the general flow/sequencing of it. Tickets for Aldous RH, Wharfwhit and Kiran Leonard at Paper Dress Vintage still available here.

Dig That Treasure (1/11/17)
Go Home Productions - Grandstand Supreme
Giant Claw - Deep Thoughts 001
Namdup Lepcha - Katso Khel
Mahmoud Ahmed - Be Leselese Qu'al
Eartheater - Homonyms
Nancy Dupree - Cold
Buddy Wayne - I Wish That Little Girl Was Mine
Khosi Mosotho Chakela - Ho Etsa Hampe Le Hantle

Resonance FM 1/11/17

This episode kicked off with a creepy and light-hearted (I guess?) Mormon anthem by Janeen Brady. I followed with a diverse bunch, from Ethiopian oldie Bahta Gebre Hiwot and American Primitive guitarist Suni McGrath to Arabic synth-jam 'Khabarie' by Ihssan El Munzer and the classic 'Sparkling World' by Roberto Caccipaglia and Ann Steel. I also played two tracks by new female producers AMAZONDOTCOM (Los Angeles) and Audrey/Svetlana (South East London). Tickets for Aldous RH, Wharfwhit and Kiran Leonard at Paper Dress Vintage still available here.

Dig That Treasure (1/11/17)
Janeen Brady - I'm A Mormon
Bahta Gebre Hiwot - Tigrigna
Suni McGrath - Pea Plucker's Pavane
AMAZONDOTCOM - Ra Ra Raspberry
Audrey/Svetlana - Chanel Afterparty
Ihssan El Munzer - Khabarie
Roberto Cacciapaglia - Sparkling World

Resonance FM 25/10/17

The latest episode featured tunes from France, Ethiopia and Japan, in the form of Les Maledictus Sound's somewhat offensive 'Jim Clark Was Driving Recklessly', the amazing horns and vocal performances of Selamawit Yohannes' and Girma Tefera Kassa's 'Senay' and 'Man Neber Yalanci', respectively, and the romantic Hosono-related pop of Kazuhiko Kato. I also span tracks by Arabian Prince In A UK World, Wharfwhit and Aldous RH - the latter two of whom will play the next Dig That Treasure! gig on December 4th at Paper Dress Vintage. It's gonna be amazing! Tickets here.

Dig That Treasure (25/10/17)
Les Maledictus Sound - Jim Clark Was Driving Recklessly
Selamawit Yohannes - Senay
Wharfwhit - Little Pebbles In My Sock (feat. Sonny)
Aldous RH - Sick & Tired
Arabian Prince In A UK World - The Feeling Of Being On A Diet
Girma Tefera Kassa - Man Neber Yalanci
Kazuhiko Kato - Gardenia

Resonance FM 18/10/17

This week's episode was a little different to usual, spinning thirty minutes of (almost) uninterrupted nostalgic, spiritual and playful ambient music. Each track was equally distinctive: the visceral and naturalistic field-recording based tracks by Ernest Hood and Virginia Astley; Mark Isham's mini-epic 'On The Threshold Of Liberty'; Alice Coltrane's stunning spiritual 'Jagadishwar'; and Syrinx's trippy, cinematic 'Hollywood Dream Trip'.

Dig That Treasure (18/10/17)
Ernest Hood - At The Store
Virginia Astley - A Summer Long Since Passed
Mark Isham - On The Threshold Of Liberty
Alice Coltrane - Jagadishwar
Syrinx - Hollywood Dream Trip

Resonance FM 11/10/17

Kicked off this episode with an uplifting earworm from Jon Tabakin's self-titled private press record. I then played a trio of tunes that represent the intersection of technology and materiality, electronic and acoustic, digital and analog: first, I Am Just A Pupil's meeting of a child's conversation with Siri and some new-age music; then James Ferraro's astounding 'Ten Songs For Humanity', from the album Human Story 3, which saw Ferraro represent orchestral arrangements and instrumentation digitally through MIDI; and finally Isao Tomita's cosmic synth rendition of Debussy's Arabesque No.1, which features some of the greatest synth sounds ever produced. I then played a tune from one of my favourite voices, the wonderfully distinctive Yeshimebet Dubale, before closing with Kiyohiko Senba's triumphant and bonkers theatrical piece 'Sports Festival'. Tickets for tomorrow night's gig are still available here before they increase to £7 on the door!

Dig That Treasure (11/10/17)
Jon Tabakin - It's Never Too Late To Smile
I Am Just A Pupil - Oasis
James Ferraro - Ten Songs For Humanity
Isao Tomita - Arabesque No.1
Yeshimebet Dubale - Ayimeshim
Kiyohiko Senba & The Haniwa All-Stars - Sports Festival

Resonance FM 4/10/17

I opened up the night with a great Ariel Pink deep cut 'I'm Inside R. Stevie's Brain', an ode to the outsider legend taken from his album FF (and later included on the R. Stevie Moore collaboration album Ku Klux Glam). Next up was a tune from new London producer rAHHH, who I only discovered via a housemate a few hours before the show. I then span a cut from Smithsonian Folkways album Six Boys In Trouble before a track by Japanese rock group Cymbals. Remaining in Japan, a song by Ippu-Do followed, leading into a Foster Manganyi tune (as sampled in Jessy Lanza's 'It Means I Love You'). I closed the show with the opening song from Dan Armeanca's amazing Outernational Days 2016 set. Tickets are still available for the first Dig That Treasure! vs. Moshi Moshi Records night on October 12th here!

Dig That Treasure (27/9/17)
Ariel Pink - I'm Inside R. Stevie's Brain
rAHHH - Dog Days
Six Boys In Trouble - Riding Hood Boogy Man
Cymbals - Show Business
Ippu-Do - Yomotolo Waya
Foster Manganyi Na Tintsumi Ta Tilo - I'm Taking A Journey
Dan Armeanca - ?

Jon Tabakin - It's Never Too Late To Smile

Label: n/a , Tapete Records (reissue)
Year: 1975, 2017 (reissue)
Genre: Private Press, Power Pop, A.M. Rock

Wharfwhit - Little Pebbles In My Sock (ft. Sonny)

Wharfwhit is the project of Jamie Bulled, one third of Brit-J-Pop group Kero Kero Bonito. In this guise, Bulled departs from KKB's cutesy pop and embraces a dirtier, darker side. Elements remain, such the elastic, colourful production and the distinctive playfulness that characterises their sound. The combination of these elements with a rougher, more uneasy edge as well as various guest rappers and singers produces a really interesting sound that isn't being done by many others at the moment.

Label: Double Denim
Year: 2017
Genre: Bubblegum Pop, Electronica, Grime

Resonance FM 27/9/17

I kicked off this episode with a great track from the master of chopped vocals, Japanese producer in the blue shirt. After a interlude of sorts by his countryman Akiko Yano (taken from the film My Neighbors The Yamadas) I returned to in the blue shirt, playing his finest tune, 'Everything Affair'. That led straight into a track from Malian DJ Sandji, before I slowed it down a little with post-manele group Raze De Soare and a lovely song by Eritrean singer Yemane Barya. I closed the show with a song by young South London sibling trio Honey Hahs, who will be performing at the first Dig That Treasure! vs. Moshi Moshi Records night on October 12th. Tickets here!

Dig That Treasure (27/9/17)
in the blue shirt - Send Around
Akiko Yano - Shut Up And Bring It Here
in the blue shirt - Everything Affair
DJ Sandji - Bacoungana
Raze De Soare - Fereastra Usa
Yemane Barya - Zemen
Honey Hahs - OK

Resonance FM 20/9/17

The second episode in this new run of Resonance shows opened with a pop track from ambience expert Virginia Astley, and closed with a cracking slice of Japanese synth-funk by Naoya Matsuoka called Watermelon Dandies. Along the way I dropped a tune by Negib Ould Ngainich (via Sahel Sounds), a corporate morale-booster from an 'Industrial Musical', and - in direct contrast - some acapella punk yelling by Furious Pig. I also played two tunes from the forthcoming Woo reissue, out on Emotional Rescue in October, as well an oldie for measure.

Dig That Treasure (20/9/17)
Virginia Astley - Tender
Negib Ould Ngainich - Guetna
Mary Kay Cosmetics - Saints Go Marchin' In
Furious Pig - I Don't Like Your Face
Woo - Sixties Swing
Woo - Skylight
Woo - Nostalgia
Naoya Matsuoka - Watermelon Dandies

Resonance FM 13/9/17

Damn Will, back at it again with the new episodes of Dig That Treasure! Today's show was the first episode on Resonance FM in over two years (the last was that earth-shattering finale in July 2015). In the meantime, I did five shows on Resonance EXTRA, but this here is the first live show since the aforementioned game-changer. I opened up with a tune by Alem Kebede, from an album I picked up at Kukulu Market in Chicago last Autumn. The episode travelled through The Holiday City Hot Cha Kitchen Band (a group of gals over 52 who love to sing and kazoo), new age composer Iasos, bonkers bubblegrime by Wharfwhit and the beautiful lounge of Piero Piccioni, before ending on a cut off Princess Nicotine by Tonte Theintan.

Dig That Treasure (13/9/17)
Alem Kebede - Shemma Tal
The Holiday City Hot Cha Kitchen Band - I'm Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover
Iasos - Lueena Coast
Wharfwhit - Elbows (Evidently Mix)
Piero Piccioni - Acapulco
Tonte Theintan - Lover Of The Winter And Snow

Guest Post: I Am Just A Pupil presents... Evening Meditation Mix

I am very excited to share a beautifully crafted mix, put together by ambient musician I Am Just A Pupil. The project of North Carolina based Josh Clarke, I Am Just A Pupil has a prolific catalogue that stretches from the mournful Somber Songs Collection to the witty, absurd and surprisingly poignant new age of 12 Hours FULL RELAXATION (the latter featuring the remarkable standout 'Family Dollar'). The mix that Clarke has lovingly put together for Dig That Treasure! is a gorgeous production that transcends the typical song-after-song format of a traditional guest mix. Instead, Evening Meditation Mix is a seamless weaving together of anonymous instrumental samples - beautiful harp, strings and woodwind - taken from "no ID or questionable ID cassettes/mix cds from thrift stores." The result comes off as somewhere in the middle ground between The Caretaker and Virginia Astley's ambient works.

I Am Just A Pupil presents...
Evening Meditation Mix